Dr. Quincy J. Byrdsong is the Vice Provost for Health Affairs at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has operational responsibility for providing the full spectrum of leadership for Lipscomb Health to include fostering a vision consistent with the spiritual and educational mission of Lipscomb. Dr. Byrdsong is responsible for cultivating relationships and building partnerships externally, elevating the visibility of Lipscomb Health and creating greater opportunities for collaborative partnerships between the Lipscomb University, the healthcare industry, and other organizations with common interests in improving community health.
Before coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Byrdsong served as the Associate Vice President for Research Administration at Wellstar Health System, the largest health system in the state of Georgia. In this role, Dr. Byrdsong served as the Institutional Official and Chief Research Administration Officer with operational oversight of all research administration activity and served as the liaison to pharmaceutical sponsors and other funding agencies. Dr. Byrdsong has served in several capacities in academic affairs and health sciences education. He held the role of Vice President for Academic Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Augusta University where he was the institution’s Chief Academic Planning Officer and oversaw strategic partnerships with the Augusta and surrounding communities. He also served as the Associate Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs for Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). At VCU, Dr. Byrdsong was the Chief Health Sciences Academic Officer with academic oversight of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Professionals. Dr. Byrdsong has also held positions at Morehouse School of Medicine, and locally, at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Byrdsong started his career as a Science teacher in the Williamson County (TN) School System. Dr. Byrdsong is an avid public speaker and frequently speaks to audiences around the world on the topics of health sciences education, clinical trial administration, and research ethics.
Dr. Byrdsong received his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University as well as his Specialist in Education. At MTSU, Dr. Byrdsong was in the very first cohort of Patricia Roberts Harris Fellows in Biology. Dr. Byrdsong went on to received his Doctor of Education degree from Tennessee State University. He is a Certified IRB Professional and a Certified Clinical Research Professional. Dr. Byrdsong is a past President of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP).
Bachelor of Science in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University; Master of Science in Teaching in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University; Specialist in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tenessee State University; Doctor of Education in Curriculum Development from Tennessee State University